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Eco Arts Market – This weekend in Philadelphia at Convention Center!

Are you a local retailer, wholesaler or interior decorator who wants to offer more green products? Starting Saturday, August 1 – Monday August 3, more than 50 Green Artists who use recycled materials or sustainable methods will be showcased at the Buyers Market of American Craft in the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

The Eco Arts Market will make its debut with a display of handmade products by U.S. and Canadian artists.  Want to pick out the eco-friendly artists?  Bright green booth tags will identify the Green Exhibitors participating in this biannual, wholesale tradeshow. They represent a fast-growing segment of the nearly 600 established handcraft studios and emerging artists, who will attend the tradeshow to sell their products to museum gift shops, craft galleries, home furnishings boutiques, and corporate clients such as hotels and restaurants.

“Our theme is ‘Green Living, Artfully Done,’” said Rebecca Mercado, coordinator of the Eco Arts Market. “Our goal is to make it easy for retailers of jewelry, handcraft, fashion and home furnishings to meet an increasing consumer demand for products that are chic, environmentally conscious and well made.”

Retailers who attend the show, August 1-3 in Philadelphia, can meet the artisans of Peterman Baskets & Bowls, who use fallen trees to create turned bowls and cutting boards; Funky Rock Designs, who craft home décor items from New England river stones; and A Quirk of Art, who fashion jewelry from vintage and found objects.

Show buyers will also meet artists whose work doesn’t scream “tree hugger.” Amy Metzler of Antrim Street Studio produces her graphic hand-dyed silk accessories in a studio that gets its electricity from solar panels and by purchasing wind power. And if Bronwen Heilman’s fans has déjà vu with her art glass jewelry, it’s because she casts the beads using recycled bottles donated by a local bar.

For more info, visit www.americancraft.com.

Posted by Julie

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Julie Hancher is Editor-in-Chief of Green Philly, sharing her expertise of all things sustainable in the city of brotherly love. She enjoys long walks in the park with local beer and greening her travels, cooking & cat, Sir Floofus Drake. View all posts by Julie Hancher

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